Police Officer Nicholas F. Beckman

Photo of Police Officer Nicholas F. Beckman
End of Watch: Mon, Sep 3rd, 1900
Date of Incident: Mon, Sep 3rd, 1900
Cause of Death: Electrocution (Accidental)
Service Time: 1 year
Age: 26


He was survived by his mother.


Officer Nicholas Beckman and Officer John Looney were electrocuted while attempting to use call boxes on their beats.

Earlier in the evening a power line consisting of 3200 volts had crossed onto the police call box circuit at Eight and Carr Street.

The crossing of the wires caused the current to go through the call boxes.

Officer Michael Burke died of his injuries 14 months later. Thirteen other officers were also injured in the incident.

Officer Beckman had served with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department for one year.

Information obtained from the Officer Down Memorial Page.


Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Department Patch
1200 Clark Avenue
St. Louis, Missouri 63103
(314) 231-1212


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